Chap. 2: Lord of the Landscapes

On February 10, 2014, in Uncategorized, by sailesh

Day 2 started with a funny story. 2 miles down the road from the Phoenix hotel we were in, is the Enterprise Rent-a-car of Scottsdale. I booked a car to be rented from them. They opened at 8 AM. I called them for pick up and told the guy on the line the hotel name. The response was that he cannot come and I cannot go as all the roads around their branch are closed due to a parade in their town. He told me that he will call me when he would be able to pickup. In the above story, there is a mistake by both of us which is I rented from the wrong Enterprise and he thought I am staying in Scottsdale hotel branch of the same name. Few minutes later, I got a call from him asking the exact address. Then he realized and said I don’t come into their “jurisdiction”.

Not knowing what to do, just opened Google maps on the phone and found that I was staying exactly 2 blocks from the nearest Enterprise that is on the same road and I could see it. So we walked. Had to wait for more than one hour as technically I don’t have a reservation, but walked out with a red and black leather interior sunroof Ford Focus.

Robert Soo is right. Never thought desert would be so beautiful. The red hills and formations were incredible. The following is the view of Sedona from Airport Drive.


Instructions to take a photo from the binoculars:


1. Put a quarter in the binoculars. Ha..ha … Obvious
2. Turn the binoculars to the right position. Hold it…. Don’t loose its position.
3. Open the camera app on phone and place the lens adjacent to one of the binocular lenses.
4. Click it before the binocular timer closes the lenses.



It was Lindsy from Oak Brook village tourism center that guided us through these desert jewels.

Red Rock Crossing is the most photographed spot in Sedona.


The route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff is so magnificent both in beauty and size, it felt like sitting in the front rows of an IMAX theater watching a documentary on the area. No words can express the wonder or awe that opened our mouths wide open all along the curvy narrow steep road. The carved mountains, the rugged landscape are amazing art works of mother nature. The canvas was so huge covering all around, the camera couldn’t fit it.

From Flagstaff to Grand Canyon South Rim, the drive was pleasant. No traffic on the road and no living habitat in the nearby area including human race. So taking the advantage and with a target of reaching Grand Canyon before sunset, I drove fast…. A lonely mountain sitting in the vast lands looked like the one from the movie “The Hobbit”.

Grand Canyon is so big, it took time for me to find the bottom. The icing on the Canyon was a little snow that made the view even more Gorgeous. Photo will follow.

The stress of the drive left us with joy when we made it to the Bellagio’s dancing fountain in Las Vegas.

Good night… Long straight… Don’t let the gambling bugs bite


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